Fox Business Clarifies Bathroom Rule to GOP Candidates: ‘We Will Not Show Empty Podiums’

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 9.20.04 PMDuring the last Democratic debate, one of the more strangely talked about moments came when Hillary Clinton returned to her podium late after cutting back from commercial. In time it was revealed to be a bathroom break that ran into the start of the second portion of the broadcast (some people had bigger issues with it than others).

Ahead of the Fox Business debate January 14th from South Carolina, the network preemptively notified all of the candidates the policy regarding breaks and the reveal of any empty podiums on stage. Politico first reported on the memo that was sent to the Republican candidates ahead of next week’s debate. The network reportedly agreed not to show any empty podiums so long as all candidates, “consider and follow Fox’s guidance when leaving and returning to their podiums during commercial breaks. Bathrooms will be located back stage.”

The debate will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, and will be moderated by Maria Bartiromo, and Neil Cavuto. Cavuto and Bartiromo last moderated the GOP debate in November.

The announcements of the candidates will be made on Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs Tonight on Monday, January 11th. The undercard portion will begin at 6 p.m. ET hosted by Trish Regan and Sandra Smith, and the primetime debate begins at 9 p.m. ET.

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